Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Saturday 16th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
0 - 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:38am
4cm
Friday 15th December 2017, 8:30am 6cm
Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:23am 8cm
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:02am 26cm
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:27am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 116cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 144cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 332cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Saturday 16th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

There is just a little bit more fresh snowfall at base to add to the tally this morning. I measure it as 4cm.

It's a pretty cold early morning - not as full on as it has been - and light snow is currently falling.

The bigger news this morning is that the top lifts are getting started from today - the King Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu, the Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village and the Jumbo Number 4 lift at Niseko Annupuri are now operating. Yey!

That means that the full area is now open with on-mountain access to and from each of the resorts now available. Very nice to be able to report that on this 16th December morning. We'll probably need it more and more too with lots of people starting to pile in seeking Niseko-tastic fun.

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I must apologise for a mistake that I had not noticed... in previous reports I had tagged one of the pair lifts at Niseko Annupuri as a quad lift. My mistake, sorry!

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Someone actually sent in an email to SnowJapan for me, asking if I prefer nuts or toast. That made me laugh out loud, thank you. :)

Hmmm. Toast easy wins early morning. Though I might have to go with nuts for an evening.

If you don't know what I'm blabbering on about, note my ongoing documented love of pre-report toast and my mention of nuts in the report yesterday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 3cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -6°, light winds, 5cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, W5m/s, 5cm new snow. Hirafu Ridgeline: -8°, light N winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NE6m/s. Kamui Cape NNE6m/s, 1010hPa, wave 0.8m.

There is light snowfall is preceding a low pressure front, both mountains and sea are calm. As the low pressure system passes the wind will pick up above 800m. General avalanche risk is low, however if this low pressure snow fall increases, a surface flowing type of avalanche on steeps slopes is likely, take care. Snow conditions are good. The Dec 16 layer is expected to become notable in future snowpack.

Be careful with the low light, it is hard to see the contours of the snow surface. All top lifts will be running from today. Take care riding off the course and into the trees, there still isn't enough snow. The snow surface is uneven and there are still holes around. Peak gates are being prepared to open around Christmas. Please be patient. Please follow Niseko Rules, do not duck the ropes. Do not enter Strictly Off Limits areas Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa. Have a good weekend.

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Saturday 16th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 4

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Jumbo Number 4 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)
- Morino Chair
- Wonderland Chair

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Official resort snow depths on Saturday 16th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 245cm
Base - 95cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 150cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 160cm
Base - 100cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted above.

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Saturday 16th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All of the mountain is now open with top lifts operating

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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 16th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
16th December 4cm 36cm 0cm
15th December 6cm 0cm 0cm
14th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
13th December 26cm 2cm 0cm
12th December 2cm 4cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 17cm 0cm
10th December 11cm 15cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 57cm 74cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 116cm 107cm 59cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 332cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th December 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
144cm
[332cm]
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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